Dick McCann Award

Dick McCann

Dick McCann (Photo Credit: ©Pro Football Hall of Fame)

The PFWA’s Dick McCann Award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage. The award is named for McCann, who was the first director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1962-67).

McCann was a longtime reporter in New York with several newspapers, the Newspaper Enterprise Association and King Features Syndicate. After a stint in the Navy in World War II, he was a sports columnist for the Washington Times-Herald in 1945.

A year later, he joined the Washington Redskins as publicity director and was the club’s general manager from 1947-62 before taking the job with the Hall of Fame before its’ 1963 opening.

The McCann Award is presented yearly during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival weekend in Canton, Ohio.

DICK McCANN AWARD WINNERS (To a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage):
1969 — George Strickler (Chicago Tribune)
1970 — Arthur Daley (New York Times)
1971 — Joe King (New York World Telegram & Sun)
1972 — Lewis “Tony” Atchison (Washington Star)
1973 — Dave Brady (Washington Post)
1974 — Bob Oates (Los Angeles Times)
1975 — John Steadman (Baltimore News-American)
1976 — Jack Hand (Associated Press)
1977 — Art Daley (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
1978 — Murray Olderman (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1979 — Pat Livingston (Pittsburgh Press)
1980 — Chuck Heaton (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
1981 — Norm Miller (New York Daily News)
1982 — Cameron Snyder (Baltimore Sun)
1983 — Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin)
1984 — Larry Felser (Buffalo News)
1985 — Cooper Rollow (Chicago Tribune)
1986 — William Wallace (New York Times)
1987 — Jerry Magee (San Diego Union)
1988 — Gordon Forbes (USA Today)
1989 — Vito Stellino (Baltimore Sun)
1990 — Will McDonough (Boston Globe)
1991 — Dick Connor (Denver Post)
1992 — Frank Luksa (Dallas Morning News)
1993 — Ira Miller (San Francisco Chronicle)
1994 — Don Pierson (Chicago Tribune)
1995 — Ray Didinger (Philadelphia Daily News)
1996 — Paul Zimmerman (Sports Illustrated)
1997 — Bob Roesler (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
1998 — Dave Anderson (New York Times)
1999 — Art Spander (Oakland Tribune)
2000 — Tom McEwen (Tampa Tribune)
2001 — Len Shapiro (Washington Post)
2002 — Edwin Pope (Miami Herald)
2003 — Joel Buchsbaum (Pro Football Weekly)
2004 — Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News)
2005 — Jerry Green (Detroit News)
2006 — John McClain (Houston Chronicle)
2007 — John Clayton (ESPN.com)
2008 — Len Pasquarelli (ESPN.com)
2009 — Peter King (Sports Illustrated)
2010 — Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
2011 — Bob McGinn (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
2012 — Tom Kowalski (MLive.com)
2013 — Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune)
2014 — Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
2015 — Dave Goldberg (Associated Press)
2016 — Chris Mortensen (ESPN.com)
2017 — Ed Werder (ESPN)
2018 — Charean Williams (Pro Football Talk)
2019 — Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times)
2020 — Don Banks (SI.com)

YEARLY FINALISTS (winners in bold)
1969
1970
1971
1972 — Lewis “Tony” Atchison (Washington Star), Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin), Art Daley (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
1973
1974 — Pat Livingston (Pittsburgh Press), Bob Oates (Los Angeles Times)
1975 — Art Daley (Green Bay Press-Gazette), Red Smith (New York Times), John Steadman (Baltimore News-American)
1976
1977 — Art Daley (Green Bay Press-Gazette), Pat Livingston (Pittsburgh Press)
1978 — Pat Livingston (Pittsburgh Press), Murray Olderman (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1979
1980 — Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin), Chuck Heaton (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Norm Miller (New York Daily News)
1981 — Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin), Norm Miller (New York Daily News), Cameron Snyder (Baltimore Sun)
1982 — Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin), Bill Scholl (Cleveland Press), Cameron Snyder (Baltimore Sun)
1983 — Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin), Bill Scholl (Cleveland Press), William Wallace (New York Times)
1984 — Larry Felser (Buffalo News), Jerry Magee (San Diego Union), William Wallace (New York Times)
1985 — Jerry Magee (San Diego Union), Cooper Rollow (Chicago Tribune), William Wallace (New York Times)
1986
1987 — Dick Connor (Rocky Mountain News), Jerry Magee (San Diego Union), Bill Scholl (Cleveland Press), Paul Zimmerman (Sports Illustrated)
1988
1989 — Bob Brachman (San Francisco Examiner), Dick Connor (Denver Post), Will McDonough (Boston Globe), Vito Stellino (Baltimore Sun), Paul Zimmerman (Sports Illustrated)
1990 — Ray Didinger (Philadelphia Daily News), Will McDonough (Boston Globe), Joe McGuff (Kansas City Star & Times)
1991 — Dick Connor (Denver Post), Ray Didinger (Philadelphia Daily News), Frank Luksa (Dallas Times Herald), Joe McGuff (Kansas City Star)
1992 — Frank Luksa (Dallas Morning News), Tex Maule (Sports Illustrated), Morris Siegel (Washington Times)
1993 Ray Didinger (Philadelphia Daily News), Ira Miller (San Francisco Chronicle), Don Pierson (Chicago Tribune), Bob Roesler (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
1994 — Ray Didinger (Philadelphia Daily News), Don Pierson (Chicago Tribune), Bob Roesler (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
1995
1996 — Vic Carucci (Buffalo News), Bob Roesler (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Paul Zimmerman (Sports Illustrated)
1997 — Denne Freeman (Associated Press), Dave Newhouse (Oakland Tribune), Bob Roesler (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
1998 — Dave Anderson (New York Times), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Ron Hobson (Patriot Ledger), Tom McEwen (Tampa Tribune)
1999 — Sid Hartman (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), Tom McEwen (Tampa Tribune), Art Spander (Oakland Tribune)
2000 — Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Sid Hartman (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), Tom McEwen (Tampa Tribune)
2001
2002
2003 — Joel Buchsbaum (Pro Football Weekly), Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Jerry Green (Detroit News)
2004 — Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Dave Goldberg (Associated Press), Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News), Jerry Green (Detroit News), Len Pasquarelli (ESPN.com)
2005 — Jerry Green (Detroit News), John McClain (Houston Chronicle), Bob McGinn (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), Len Pasquarelli (ESPN.com, Curt Sylvester (Detroit Free Press)
2006 — John Clayton (ESPN.com), Frank Cooney (The Sports Xchange), Clare Farnsworth (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune), John McClain (Houston Chronicle), Len Pasquarelli (ESPN.com)
2007
2008 — Vic Carucci (NFL.com), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Alan Greenberg (Hartford Courant), Len Pasquarelli (ESPN.com)
2009 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Frank Cooney (The Sports Xchange), Clare Farnsworth (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Peter King (Sports Illustrated)
2010
2011 — Vic Carucci (NFL.com), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Ron Hobson (Patriot-Ledger), D. Orlando Ledbetter (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Bob McGinn (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
2012
2013 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Mike Chappell (Indianapolis Star), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Dave Goldberg (Associated Press), Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune)
2014 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Dave Goldberg (Associated Press), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com)
2015 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Bryan Burwell (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Dave Goldberg (Associated Press), Paul Needell (Newark Star-Ledger)
2016 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Ira Kaufman (SportsTalkFlorida.com), Chris Mortensen (ESPN.com)
2017 — Ron Borges (Boston Herald), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Adam Schefter (ESPN.com), Ed Werder (ESPN)
2018 — Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times), Clark Judge (Talk of Fame Network), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Gary Myers (New York Daily News), Charean Williams (Pro Football Talk)
2019 — Jarrett Bell (USA Today), Vinny DiTrani (Bergen Record), Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times), Clark Judge (Talk of Fame Network), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Gary Myers (New York Daily News)
2020 — Don Banks (SI.com), Jarrett Bell (USA Today), Vic Carucci (Buffalo News), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Gary Myers (author), Barry Wilner (Associated Press)